The Red Shoes

b/w You Want Alchemy

The Red Shoes (UK) front


The Red Shoes (UK) rear


Country: UK
Label/Number: EMI TCEM 316
Release date: April 5, 1994
Chronology: Kate's 28th UK single; the 3rd of 4 (UK singles) from The Red Shoes (with her 37th non-LP track).
Highest chart position: 21
Cover photo by John Carder Bush
The Red Shoes Lyrics
What it's about: A girl puts on a pair of enchanted ballet slippers and can't stop dancing until she breaks the spell. It's inspired by a character in the Michael Powell-directed film of the same name.
Running time: 4:02
You Want Alchemy Lyrics
What it's about: Kate transforms Claude Debussy's Clair de lune into a beautiful tale of a traveler who happens upon a beekeeper -- who likens the beauty, mystery and magic of their work to a form of alchemy.
Running time: 4:21
The Red Shoes is the centerpiece of Kate's 8th (most recent) studio LP, and the focal point of her 43 minute film, The Line, The Cross & The Curve.
And for what it's worth... You Want Alchemy gets my vote for all-time best Kate song. Scan courtesy of Pertti.

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